The ancient paths
- “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
- "Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge," Proverbs 22:20
The problem is not the world but us, and the knowledge we lack. We have forgotten the ancient ways of God which was the Way of Christ and while many are called few have the heart to see the truth of The Way and follow it in fellowship.
- "Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways [from] the ancient paths, to walk in paths, [in] a way not cast up;" Jeremiah 18:15
Christ had His plan, called The Way which was The Blessed Strategy. We were told we would be entangled again in the elements of the world, become merchandise, curse children and become surety for debt. This would be because of covetous practices and abandoning the way, not because of the conspiracies and subterfuge of the world.
We should not think that we can just claim fraud and set ourselves free any more than Adam could exonerate his own failing by blaming the God and the woman He gave Adam.
We cannot save ourselves with the strategies of men nor our own cleverness. We are to repent and turn that repentance into action. To repent is to think differently. We can forgive so that we may be forgiven. We can gather together in patterns of ten to save others as Christ commanded so that we might be saved.
While we do these things Christ told us to do, and walk in His way we may have to pay our "tale of bricks" and even be friends with the unrighteous mammon Christ came to teach us "the art of being free" if we will have ears to hear and eyes to see and become doers of the will of the father.
I sympathize with those who see the present bondage of the world. I empathize with their struggle and pain but salvation is not by endless repetition  of words and phrases of the law but by the whole truth of the perfect law of liberty and seeking the righteousness of God which we have neglected.
Moses was adopted into the family of the Pharaoh and Israel was set free by that adoption but they had to follow the leadership of Moses who redeemed them through that adoption. Moses' repentance from the exercising authority as the Pharaoh and his obedience to God opened a door to freedom and redemption from the bondage of Egypt. Jesus as high priest and King laid down his life so that we may also be redeemed if we are willing to repent and seek His kingdom of God and the righteousness of God.
You may not look to those benefactors who exercise authority but have you gathered to become the benefactors who exercise love?
- "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect," Hebrews 12:23
- "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was <5048> faith made perfect ?" James 2:22
- "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is <5048> the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him." 1 John 2:5
- "No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us... 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:12
- "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24
- Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:23-26
- Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
- John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
- Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
- John 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
- John 14:12 ¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
- 1) to make perfect, complete
- 1a) to carry through completely, to accomplish, finish, bring to an end
- 2) to complete (perfect)
- 2a) add what is yet wanting in order to render a thing full
- 2b) to be found perfect
- 3) to bring to the end (goal) proposed
- 4) to accomplish
- 4a) bring to a close or fulfilment by event
- 4a1) of the prophecies of the scriptures
- 4a) bring to a close or fulfilment by event
- oikos teleios is the perfect marriage in Rome. “perfect community” (koinonia teleios) ,
- teleio ,a can be a complete adoption and has been asociated with redeemed.
- Philo writes (Mos. 1.19). "And the princess, seeing him so advanced beyond his age, conceived for him an even greater fondness than before, and took [adopted] him for her son, having at an earlier time artificially enlarged the figure of her womb to make him pass as her real and not a supposititious child” (LCL, trans. F. H. Colson)."
- 1) a festal gathering of the whole people to celebrate public games or other solemnities
- 2) a public festal assembly
- 2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
- Isaiah 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
- 1) perfection
- 1a) the state of the more intelligent
- 1b) moral and spiritual perfection
- Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
- Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: